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WHO Points To Wildlife Farms In Southern China As Likely Source Of Pandemic

This is an excerpt from an article written by Michaeleen Doucleff and published online by NPR on 15 March, 2021 A…

Captive Lion Breeding Poses Health Risks to Tourists and Others, Says Study

This is an excerpt from an article published by SA People on 09 March, 2021. A joint scientific study by Blood Lions and World Animal…

PRESS RELEASE: Public health risks from “The Sick 5” go unchecked in captive lion breeding industry

9 March 2021 A joint scientific study by Blood Lions and World Animal Protection highlights how the captive lion breeding industry…

Unethical practices in lion farming and elephant tourism are increasing disease risk

This is an excerpt from an article written by Tracy Keeling and published online by the Canary on 27 February, 2021. African lions…

NSPCA CHALLENGES THE CAPTIVE LION INDUSTRY

This is an excerpt from a report written by the NSPCA and published online by Conservation Action Trust on 25 February, 2021. The…

Something to hide? Department of Environment takes the path of least disclosure

This is an excerpt from an article written by Don Pinnock and published by Daily Maverick on 15 February, 2021. If you want…

Blood Lions Inspired over 1300 People to add their Voices to the Cause of Saving Lions

This is an excerpt from an article written by Tyler Leigh Vivier and published online by Good Things Guy on 21 January, 2021….

Camps Bay High’s Learner Artwork to Form Part of Blood Lions #800Lions Campaign

This is an excerpt from an article published online by Awsum News on 07 January, 2021. Drew Goldie, who will be in Matric…

PRESS RELEASE: Award-winning publisher Green Kids Club releases new book: A Tail of Three Lions

23 December 2020 Durban, South Africa [23 December 2020] – Green Kids Club, Inc. announced today the release of the seventh…

Make no bones about it, SA’s lion trade must be stopped, say experts

This is an excerpt from an article written by Paul Ash and published online by Sunday Times on 09 December, 2020….

Captive-bred lion industry a stain on SA’s tourism reputation, say environmentalists

This is an excerpt from an article written by Nica Richards and published online by The Citizen on 08 December, 2020….

SA tourism body calls for ban on captive lion breeding

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by African News Agency and IOL on 08 December, 2020….

PRESS RELEASE: Pressure mounts on SA government to ban captive lion breeding

4 December 2020 Condemnation of South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry and its associated spin-off industries has increased globally, with lion…

Big cat banquets and ‘deboned’ live tigers: a new film exposes the gruesome scale of the tiger trade

This is an excerpt from an article written by Tracy Keeling and published online by The Canary on 19 November, 2020….

Captive lion breeding damages SA’s tourism reputation

This is an excerpt from an article written by Melissa Reitz and published online by Business Live on 16 November, 2020….

It’s high time SA shut down the captive lion breeding industry

This is an excerpt from an article written by Andreas Wilson-Spath and published online by Daily Maverick on 12 October, 2020….

Young South Africans on #WorldAnimalDay – ‘We are fighting for our legacy’

This is an excerpt from an article written by Louzel Lombard Steyn and published online by The South African on 12…

Conservation: Ramaphosa petitioned to halt big cat breeding

This is an excerpt from an article written by Don Pinnock and published online by The South African on 06 October,…

Zoonotic disease: Study warns about cuddling, keeping and slaughtering farmed lions

This is an excerpt from an article written by Louise de Waal and published online by Daily Maverick on 30 September,…

PRESS RELEASE: World Tourism Day

27 September 2020 Lion farms could put public health and thousands of animals at risk of disease. A joint scientific study…

Captive lion breeding: Why are we allowing this?

This is an excerpt from an article written by Melanie Verwoerd and published online by News24 on 16 September, 2020. Why…

Blood Lions wins another appeal, this time against wild cat ‘rehab facility’

This is an excerpt from an article published online by The Citizen on 11 September, 2020. Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm alleged…

Another win for Blood Lions: Zanchieta loses appeal against Blood Lions

STATEMENT: 10 September 2020 The full bench of the High Court of South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal Division, Pietermaritzburg (the “High Court”) has…

World Animal Protection calls for total ban on export of lion parts

This is an excerpt from an article written by Pearly Magubane and published online by SABCNews on 29 August, 2020. The…

‘Bottle-fed or not, lions remain dangerous’: Warning after lodge owner’s death, as family mourns

This is an excerpt from an article written by Iavan Pijoos and published online by TimesLIVE on 28 August, 2020 The…

Urgent questions about the welfare of wildlife that Parliament needs to ask

This is an excerpt from an article written by Don Pinnock and published online by Daily Maverick on 26 August, 2020….

SA tarnished by abusive captive lion industry on World Lion Day, says watchdog

This is an excerpt from an article published online by IOL on 11 August, 2020. Cape Town – Humane Society International…

PRESS RELEASE: World Lion Day – 800 Voices for 800 Lions

10 August 2020 Today is World Lion Day (10 August) – a day to celebrate one of Africa’s most iconic species…

Blood Lions launches global awareness campaign on World Lion Day

This is an excerpt from an article compiled by Nica Richards and published by The Citizen on 10 August, 2020 Blood…

World Lion Day: No reason to celebrate in South Africa

This is an excerpt from an article written by Iga Motylska and published online by Conservation Action Trust on 9 August,…

Lodge loses defamation case against Blood Lions

This is an excerpt from an article written by Nica Richards and published by The Citizen on 2 August, 2020 Ukutula…

BREAKING NEWS: Ukutula loses application against Blood Lions

31 July 2020 The Honourable Mr Justice Koen has dismissed the Ukutula application against BLOOD LIONS, and instructed Ukutula to pay…

PRESS RELEASE: World Tiger Day – South Africa breeds lions and tigers for traditional medicine

29 July 2020 In support of World Tiger Day (29 July), Blood Lions puts the focus on the international trade in…

South Africa breeds lions and tigers for traditional medicine

This is an excerpt from an article written by Louise de Waal and published online by The South African on 29…

Miracle cures and bling – How SA is killing the world’s last living wild tigers

This is an excerpt from an article written by Nica Richards and published by The Citizen on 29 July, 2020 South…

International Tiger Day: Still no protection for these majestic cats under SA law

This is an excerpt from an article written by Mike Cadman and published online by IOL on 29 July, 2020. Today…

Government ‘playing with fire’ by refusing to scrap canned lion hunting

This is an excerpt from an article written by Nica Richards and published by The Citizen on 17 July, 2020 The…

Wildlife panel secrecy leaves lions in limbo

This is an excerpt from an article written by Nica Richards and published by The Citizen on 16 July, 2020 Conservation…

Wildlife experts spurn invite to serve on environmental panel, indicating bias and co-option

This is an excerpt from an article written by Don Pinnock and published online by Daily Maverick on 15 July, 2020…

PRESS RELEASE: Youth globally put pressure on the South African Government to phase out the country’s captive predator breeding industry

06 July 2020 Over 622 youth from around the world have signed a letter calling on the South African Government to…

Blood Lions to host free webinar series

This is an excerpt from an article written by Anita Froneman and published online by Getaway on 3 July, 2020 A…

‘Unfair Game’ reveals the cruel reality of canned lions

This is an excerpt from an article written by Don Pinnock and published online by Daily Maverick on 19 June, 2020….

Unfair Game: SA’s captive-breeding shame aired in harrowing UK exposé

Written by Louzel Lombard Steyn “Something has gone terribly wrong in a country which I love. I am determined that it…

China raises protection for pangolins by removing scales from medicine list

This is an excerpt from an article written by Michael Standaert and published online by The Guardian on 09 June, 2020….

Beijing draws up plans to outlaw criticism of traditional Chinese medicine

This is an excerpt from an article written by Helen Davidson and published online by The Guardian on 03 June, 2020….

Conservation leaders urge UN World Tourism Organisation: Curb wildlife exploitation in ‘tomorrow’s tourism’

Written by Louzel Lombard Steyn The thing with keeping wildlife in cages is that it almost always turns around to bite…

You can look, but you better not touch

This is an excerpt from an article written by Melanie van Zyl and published online by Getaway on 28 May, 2020….

NEWS: Captive breeding of Cheetah in South Africa

BLOOD LIONS STATEMENT: 18 May 2020 South Africa is well-known for its intensive captive lion breeding industry, but its captive cheetah…

BREAKING NEWS: Emaciated captive bred lions found again at Slippers facilities

PRESS RELEASE: 13 May 2020 The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) are in the process of laying animal cruelty charges in…

Escaped Limpopo lions found

This is an excerpt from an article written by Anita Froneman and published online by Getaway on 13 May, 2020 All…

Coronavirus: WHO backs away from ban on live animal markets, prompting warnings over emergence of new diseases

This is an excerpt from an article written by Jane Dalton and published online by Independent on 12 May, 2020. The…

NEWS: Blood Lions and Love Africa Marketing win at WTM Africa 2020

PRESS RELEASE: 12 May 2020 Blood Lions Campaign in conjunction with Love Africa Marketing have won “Most Compelling Digital Story” in…

Man arrested for possession of lion skins

This is an excerpt from an article written by Anita Froneman and published online by Getaway on 07 May, 2020 A…

Neoliberalism and sustainable use are cut from the same paradigm

This is an excerpt from an article written by Ian Michler and published online by Daily Maverick on 26 May, 2020….

Wildlife Experts Unite to Urge WHO to Support Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by SA People on 28 April, 2020 Wildlife campaigners from…

What is the wildlife trade? And what are the answers to managing it?

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Ross Harvey and published online by Conservation Action Trust on 23…

Coronavirus is a crisis for South Africa’s captive lions, campaigners warn

This is an excerpt from an article written by James Fair and published online by Monga Bay on 13 April, 2020…

Covid-19: Worldwide call for ban on wildlife markets

This is an excerpt from an article written by Laura du Toit and published online by GroundUp on 09 April, 2020…

Coronavirus: Government urged to ban wildlife trading

This is an excerpt from an article published online by News24 on 07 April, 2020. The Ministries and Departments of Health,…

African Travel and Tourism Awards finalists announced

This is an excerpt from an article published online by Reed Exhibitions and RedLip PR on 07 April, 2020 Africa is…

PRESS RELEASE: A call to the World Health Organisation to assist in a permanent ban on wildlife market

06 April 2020 Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, Blood Lions together with over 240 leading animal welfare and conservation organisations from…

Covid-19: A ‘black swan’ hiding in plain sight has important lessons for SA

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Ross Harvey and published online by IOL on 03 April, 2020….

The captive lion breeding industry puts conservation and public health at risk

This is an excerpt from an article written by Jared Kukura and published online by Daily Maverick on 02 April, 2020….

A Looming Crisis – The Captive Big Cat Industry, COVID-19 and Government Culpability

This is an excerpt from an article written by Michele Pickover and published online by Conservation Action Trust on 25 March,…

Blood lions fact sheet

Written by Blood Lions and published online by Conservation Action Trust on 10 March, 2020 When travelling in South Africa, please THINK before…

Lion cub petting and why it’s harmful

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Louise de Waal of Blood Lions and published online by Getaway…

World Wildlife Day: Why lion cubs should not be part of the ‘petting zoo’

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Louise de Waal of Blood Lions and published online by The…

Predator Breeding & Keeping Industry – South Africa

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Louise de Waal of Blood Lions and published online by Conservation…

Why do we have this urge to engage in the unnatural and pet a lion?

Written by Dr Louise de WaalPubished on 03 March, 2020 This is a question I have asked myself many times. Petting…

China’s Ban on Wildlife Consumption Should Include Lion Bones, Says South African Group

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by SAPeople on 27 February, 2020 South Africa’s Blood Lions…

Coronavirus: China proposes immediate ban on wildlife consumption as food

Written by Blood LionsPubished on 26 February, 2020 The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic remains a daily news item with many new…

Investigating SA’s captive lion breeding industry and the lion bone trade

This is an excerpt from an article written by Paula Luckhoff and published online by 702 FM on 23 February, 2020….

Penned African lions still on offer at US trophy hunting convention

This is an excerpt from an article written by Michael Biesecker and published online by IOL on 12 February, 2020. Washington…

Lions Kill 21-Year-Old Animal Lover on Private Game Reserve in Bela Bela, South Africa

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by SA People on 08 February, 2020 An undisclosed number…

NEWS: Blood Lions releases new ‘HOPE’ video clip

Blood Lions marks its milestones … there is hope? Blood Lions is commemorating its 5th (or Wood) anniversary this year and…

Blood Lions® 2019 Milestones

Since the film premiered in July 2015, the Blood Lions® Campaign team – in collaboration with key partners around the world…

Blood Lions welcomes calls to ban wildlife markets following coronavirus outbreak

03 February 2020 Blood Lions Statement: Following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China, on 31st December 2019,…

SATSA clarifies ‘erroneous SA wildlife interactions ban’

This is an excerpt from an article written by Selene Brophy and published online by Traveller24 on 29 January, 2020 South…

New SATSA guidelines discourage wildlife interactions

This is an excerpt from an article written by Leila Stein and published online by Getaway on 27 January, 2020. The…

South Africa’s legal lion bone trade exploited by criminals

This is an excerpt from an article written by Andreas Wilson- Spath and published online by Daily Maverick on 21 January,…

An assessment of the potential risks of the practice of intensive and selective breeding of game to biodiversity and the economy in South Africa

This is an excerpt from a report written by Jeanetta Selier, Lizanne Nel, Ian Rushworth, Johan Kruger, Brent Coverdale, Craig Mulqueeny…

Volunteering with Lions – What You Should Know

This is an excerpt from an article written by Sarah Dyer of Voice4Lions and published online by Learning Service on 14…

BREAKING NEWS: Netflix Africa picks up BLOOD LIONS documentary ahead of festive season break

You can now watch the full Blood Lions documentary film on Netflix Africa, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over…

SATSA Animal Interaction Guidelines: Holding Statement

This is an excerpt from an article written and released by SATSA on their website on 12 December, 2019 Captive wildlife…

Captive lion industry breeds concerns

This is an excerpt from an article written by Danica Hansen and published by Northglen News on 9 December, 2019 On…

Exclusive: Inside a controversial South African lion farm

This is an excerpt from an article written by Rachel Fobar and published online by National Geographic on 21 November, 2019…

Cape Epic stalwarts Steyn and Nixon tackle Southern Cross

This is an excerpt from an article written by In The Bunch and published online on 20 November, 2019 Having never…

SATSA’s Animal Interaction Guidelines draw a clear line..

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by Traveller24 on 04 November, 2019 Animal interactions continue to…

BREAKING NEWS: SATSA releases Animal Interaction Guidelines for Tourism Industry

Blood Lions Press Release: 01 November, 2019 Yesterday, 31 October, the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA) launched their Animal Interaction…

Reclassification of 33 wild mammal species under the Animal Improvement Act

MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE COALITION TO STOP CAPTIVE BREEDING AND KEEPING OF LIONS AND OTHER BIG CATS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES (The…

Lions Classified as Farm Animals: Why You Should Care

Written by Cath JakinsPublished on 28 October, 2019 Humans have been domesticating and farming animals for decades, millennia even. However, people…

Update on state of captive lion breeding in South Africa

This is an excerpt from a meeting summary published online by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) on 22 October, 2019 The…

Absa Cape Epic Last Lions ride the Southern Cross

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by MTB App on 16 October, 2019 Mike Nixon one…

Will justice be served for 35 lions killed for their bones?

This is an excerpt from an article written by Dr Louise de Waal of Green Girls in Africa and published online…

Meet our new Youth Ambassadors

We recently relaunched our #YouthForLions Ambassador Programme and are proud to introduce our new Youth Ambassadors. These driven young individuals are set to…

UK to ban import of trophy hunting souvenirs to help endangered animals

The UK is set to ban the import of sick souvenirs from hunting, it has emerged. The Conservative government is poised…

Moving video reveals the reality of life in captivity for South Africa’s lions

The barbaric trade of canned hunting needs to be made illegal immediately, campaigners have urged. The industry of raising lions to…

Lion cub petting stopped as Gauteng park aims to be a ‘nurture reserve’

Petting of lion cubs has been stopped, with immediate effect, at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of…

Respect for dolphins and wild animals: Coquille Bonheur stays the course

After setting up a policy in favor of dolphins, Coquille Bonheur, the agency of Christian Lefèvre engaged in the receptive, now…

Big cat trade driven by demand for traditional Asian medicine

Traditional Asian medicine is driving the growing international trade in big cat products and leading to the mistreatment of thousands of…

Bringing an End to South Africa’s Captive Predator Industry: An Interview with the Blood Lions Team

South Africa’s captive lion industry is massive and exploitative, and mercilessly turns lions into profit in a number of ways.  Almost…

Dead Lion Walking: What Tourists Should Know About Canned Lion Hunts

Canned lion hunts are still big in South Africa and the perpetrators often hide under the conservationist umbrella. There’s nothing like…

PRESS RELEASE: World Lion Day 2019

WORLD LION DAY 10 August 2019 World Lion Day is an annual celebration of the magnificent king of the African bushveld…

The Lion King: the circle of death [exploited to the bone]

Between the release of Disney’s The Lion King 25 years ago until its new photo-realistic computer-animated version of 2019 our planet…

Landmark ruling cuts to the (lion) bone

Karen Trendler first realised the horrific welfare implications of South Africa’s captive lion industry 15 years ago when two critically ill…

PRESS RELEASE: High Court rules in favour of NSPCA

PRESS RELEASE: 07 August 2019 BREAKING NEWS: South Africa’s High Court rules lion bone export quota ‘unlawful’ The Gauteng High Court…

High Court ruling can help SA keep its prides

On August 6, the High Court of South Africa handed down its judgement on lion bone exports between the National Council…

Lion bones: A deadly business that’s on the rise

An international treaty prohibits the buying and selling of products made from any of the big cat species, save one: the…

Canned lion hunting activists campaign in Ballito

“Despite the conservation claims being made, it is commonly accepted by leading wildlife and scientific authorities around the world that this…

The Lion King ‘Simba’ Syndrome

With the release of Disney’s classic, the Lion King, our captive lion cubs are going to suffer even more than usual….

LIVE WILD Lion Monitoring

Written by Cath JakinsPublished on 11 July, 2019 It is my opinion that there are very few genuine “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences left…

Your African Safari interview with Blood Lions

What was the genesis of Blood Lions? How, when and by whom was it founded? The inspiration to make the Blood…

BREAKING NEWS: World Animal Protection releases new report: Trading Cruelty

Trading Cruelty – ‘The demand for traditional medicine is fuelling a boom in big cat farms in South Africa and Asia.’ Thousands…

Six Vietnamese law violators in South Africa return home

Six Vietnamese nationals, who were detained in South Africa in 2018 for violating the country’s Biodiversity Act on Protection of Threatened…

Youth sign Open Letter to South African Government

An open letter signed by over 300 South African youths was sent to the Presidency as well as the Departments of…

Interactive Wildlife Tourism

Written by Cath JakinsPublished on 20 June, 2019 During the months of April and May, I had the privilege of attending…

Mozambican wildlife reserve wipes out elephant poaching thanks to US support group

A U.S. wildlife support group working with the Mozambican government has become arguably the first in Africa to successfully clamp down…

Objections to the setting of a lion bone export quota

This letter and the subsequent submission was prepared by the Coalition to Stop the Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and…

STREAMING REVIEW: Bred for the bullet

Blood Lions: Available on Showmax Environmental journalist Ian Michler tells the story of lions that are being bred for predatory and…

SA plans for 2019 lion bone export quota a ‘big middle finger to conservation’

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries’ determination to set yet another export quota for lion bones flies in the face…

Call for Disney to donate Lion King profits to conservation

A second Lion King movie is due for release this month and wildlife conservationists are urging Disney to share its billion-dollar…

South Africa’s Fallen Pride: How Law and Government Fail to Protect Lions

Flawed laws, vested interests and problematic enforcement have allowed the captive-lion industry in South Africa to boom. Change, one expert writes,…

NEWS: More than 50 brands and travel companies join the Blood Lions campaign

Global travel conglomerate signs the Blood Lions “Born To Live Wild” Pledge to stop the promotion of exploitative wildlife interactive tourism  …

More than 100 neglected lions found in a South African breeding facility

The diseased animals were being raised, surprisingly, by a member of an organization that espouses responsible lion care. SOUTH AFRICANS ARE calling…

The crucial stance SA needs to take on animal encounters: ‘These practices have gone unregulated for too long’

Enriching experiences, lasting memories and itineraries that benefit not only the traveller but the communities that serve them – this are…

Canned lion hunting campaign muzzled at World Travel Market

The Blood Lions presentation by Campaign Director, Nicola Gerrard, at WTM Africa in Cape Town last week was abruptly cut short…

Captive lions rescued from horrific conditions on North West farm

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) on Friday exposed the horrific conditions of lions at a farm in North West. Inspectors…

The big cat con: Inside Africa’s shocking battery farms for lions

The growing appetite for ‘conservation holidays’ has shone a light on the dark – and poorly regulated – industry of lion farming, where…

Blood Lions® Campaign: 2018 in review

Since the film premiered in July 2015, the Blood Lions® Campaign team – together with the wonderful support of key partners…

Why No One Should Ever Go To Black Jaguar-White Tiger

Instagram Warns Users Who Look Up Black Jaguar–White Tiger Behind all the social media displays and rescue-themed hashtags, Black Jaguar–White Tiger “Foundation”…

PRESS RELEASE: Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) rejects Portfolio Committee’s Resolution to end the Captive Breeding of Lions

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) proposed that the Captive Lion Breeding (CLB) industry should continue as long as it is…

The Power of Educating our Youth

Written by Stephanie KlarmannPublished on 15 March, 2019 I believe that educating adolescents and youth is fundamental in changing attitudes and…

Imbalance in South Africa’s lion policy

Conservationist Richard Peirce believes South Africa is in a “ridiculous situation” with more lions bred in captivity for tourism and hunting…

YouthForLions LIVE WILD Workshop a Roaring Success

Written by the Blood Lions teamPublished on 5 March, 2019 The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ team hosted a youth workshop for over…

Opinion: Activist exposes South Africa’s lion park scams

Have you ever wondered why South Africa seems to have so many captive lion cubs, in what are known as ‘lion…

WATCH: Youth for Lions sink their teeth into new anti-lion-cub petting campaign

The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ team have officially launched a brand new animated clip showing the life cycle of a captive bred…

Pet a Cub, Kill a Lion

Written by the YouthForLions teamPublished 29 January, 2019 The Blood Lions ‘YouthForLions’ team have officially launched a brand new animated clip…

Why You Shouldn’t Support Captive Lion Breeding

Captive lion breeding is a cruel but legal practice that still happens in South Africa. Lions are bred in private farms…

South Africans Dressed As Big Cats Conquer Everest Base Camp

South African conservationist Gareth James Legg and his team have just returned from a very successful expedition to Everest base camp…

Creating Awareness with Tomorrow’s Leaders

Written by Cath JakinsPublished 10 December, 2018 Welcome to the new YouthForLions Blog, and welcome to our very first blog post. For…

NEWS: One of the largest travel operators in Africa pledges against wildlife exploitation in tourism

Last week Friday, Thompsons Africa, a global leader in travel and tourism, dedicated the entire day to watching the award winning…

Alleged key player in lion bone syndicate in court after handing himself over to police

A ninth suspect and alleged key player in an illegal international lion and tiger bone syndicate has handed himself over to…

8 men arrested after dozens of lions killed in North West

A joint task force police operation pounced on an illegal Vietnamese lion and tiger bone syndicate operating in the North West…

PRESS RELEASE: New Parliamentary report calling for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa

BREAKING NEWS: New Parliamentary report calling for an end to captive lion breeding in South Africa Following the recent Parliamentary Colloquium entitled “Captive Lion Breeding…

Outrage over lions bred to be killed by deep-pocketed trophy hunters

Born in captivity, the lion cubs are removed from their mothers within hours of their birth to be used at petting…

SA calls for all-out ban on canned lion breeding

Canned lion hunting and the subsequent captive lion breeding across South Africa, believed to fuel the notorious industry, has for a…

China lifts ban and legalises tiger bone and rhino horn for medical purposes

China unveiled new rules on Monday that would allow the use of rhino horn and tiger parts for some medical and…

Sale of lion skeletons remains thorny issue

When the documentary Blood Lions was released in 2015, people were shocked that the filming of the bred-in-captivity, emaciated lions had taken place…

NSPCA heads for court to halt trade in lion skeletons

The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has applied for an urgent interdict in an…

Do test tube lions help conserve wild lions?

Lion experts dispute conservation value of test tube lions questioning whether this merely supports lion breeders’ claims that they contribute to…

The ongoing disgrace of South Africa’s captive-bred lion trade

An estimated 7,000 to 14,000 lions are held in captivity and bred in South Africa. Increasingly, the animals are slaughtered for…

WATCH: Why it’s never a good idea to let a lion climb into your safari vehicle

Lions, tame or wild, shouldn’t really be allowed into your personal space. In this video, a lion known as Filya more…

Lion lovers say artificially breeding ‘large felids’ not what big cats need

LOCAL conservation groups were not overjoyed at the news that the first two African lion cubs conceived via non surgical artificial…

An estimated R54 Billion Damage

New Report reveals an estimated R54 billion damage, over a decade, to Brand SA On the first of a two-day South African Parliamentary…

Born Free gives evidence against lion breeding in South Africa

Born Free’s Head of Policy Dr Mark Jones gave evidence at this week’s Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs’ colloquium on the future…

Bedryf kan SA R54 miljard kos

Toerisme sal ook soveel werk skep Bewaringsorganisasies wat die afgelope twee dae ‘n debat oor die teel van leeus in gevangenskap…

A nail in the coffin of the captive lion breeding industry?

There was an overwhelming consensus for the need to bring an end to the controversial captive lion breeding industry in South…

New survey: Lion breeding industry harming South Africa’s reputation

A nationwide survey, by the Humane Society International (HSI), has revealed that the majority of South Africans believe the captive lion breeding industry…

Brand South Africa: Being Shot To Shreds

A new scientific report, The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding in South Africa is about to be released. And one of its principle…

Is this trophy hunting advert intended for OR Tambo Airport inappropriate?

A large variety of people from all over the world pass through airports on a daily basis, and thus airports can…

Largest lion bone carrier, Singapore Airlines, stops cargo from South Africa

The largest airline exporter of lion bones from South Africa to Southeast Asia will no longer support SA’s bone trade from…

Passion for the wild inspires SA activist

GETTING charged by an elephant bull while learning to drive in the Kruger National Park is a moment Nicola Gerrard will…

Concerns prompt public hearings on captive lion breeding industry

SOUTH Africa’s captive lion breeding industry comes under the spotlight in Parliament this week. Titled “Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in…

Lion bones and predator farming – picking on the carcass of SA tourism

Predator breeding using lions and other species could cost South Africa over R54-billion over the next 10 years in loss of…

Bred for the bullet and blood money

The highly controversial canned lion award winning documentary Blood Lions will be broadcast from Sunday August 12 at 6.30pm on SABC 3. Blood…

Pearl Thusi exposes the ugly truth behind lion exploitation

Local actress and wildlife advocate Pearl Thusi is collaborating with ‘Humane Society International/Africa’ to warn tourists not to visit tourist attractions…

Captive-bred lion industry to be investigated by SA Parliament – You Are Invited

South Africa’s parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs will be holding a two-day colloquium to review the unregulated captive-bred lion industry. The…

Say NO to Animal Interaction

From African elephants, buffalos and cheetahs to leopards and exotic primates, South Africa is home to a wide variety of wildlife…

Compassionate Travel – Understanding your Animal Footprint

Animals have long been considered as mere things, the property of people, with no legal status. However, there is a global…

Lion industry under review

SOUTH Africa’s unregulated captive lion breeding industry will soon be reviewed by the portfolio committee on environmental affairs in a two…

SA’s macabre captive lion breeding industry to be investigated by Parliament

This is an excerpt from an article written by Louzel Lombard Steyn and published online by News24 on 03 August, 2018…

HANDS OFF our WILDLIFE!

It’s a feel good experience petting a cute and cuddly lion or cheetah cub, or riding an elephant. The experience for…

HEAR THE CRIES OF AFRICA’S LIONS

Tourists from around the world flock to South Africa to experience the beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. But many are duped…

Captive-bred lions – the debate continues

South Africa, considered a top destination for trophy hunting of captive bred lions, is the world’s largest legal exporter of lion…

Bone of contention: Will selling more lion skeletons reduce poaching?

Conservation groups are searing over a decision to double the annual export quota of captive-bred lion skeletons. South Africa’s decision to increase…

Tjiane se kop geëis oor ‘leeuskelet leuens’

Ban Animal Trading (BAT) het Dinsdag daarop aangedring dat die kop moet rol van Suid-Afrika se verteenwoordiger by die konvensie oor…

South Africa’s lion bone export quota set at 1,500 skeletons

According to a new lion bone export quota, 1,500 lion skeletons from captive-bred lions can now be exported annually from South…

SA law failing wildlife held in captivity

Nicci Wright sees the kind of places “that will make your hair stand on end”. Yet every year these same “horrific”…

Hunter to pay hefty fine due to ruling

The Free State MEC for Economic, Small Business Development and Tourism, Limakatso Mahasa, has welcomed the conviction of Deon Cilliers (52),…

READ: Cuddle Me Kill Me

Canned lion hunting sprang to the world’s attention with the 2015 launch of the documentary, Blood Lions. This movie blew the…

Lions in limbo at Free State Abattoir while DEA and DAFF point fingers

Captive-bred lions at a recently exposed ‘lion-abattoir’ in the Free State are waiting for their fate to be decided as both…

Time for laws to stop interaction with carnivores to ensure safety of public

With at least 28 injured people and 12 deaths in South Africa, the “time has clearly come” for legislation to be…

#Indaba2018: Responsible tourism stokes heated debate in Durban

How the tourism industry responds and pursues sustainable tourism practices continues to be a hot debate, but even more so at…

Mass shooting of lions a new evil in captive breeding

It’s been a bloody time for the South African canned lion industry. Last week, a lion “abattoir” was exposed on a…

Time to stop pussyfooting around canned hunting

Conservationist Richard Peirce elaborates on his new book — the first to examine the widely condemned captive lion breeding industry in…

Lion attack ‘double tragedy’: Family devastated after Shamba shot dead

The lion that mauled the owner of a private game reserve in Limpopo over the weekend was killed during the incident….

Conservationists up in arms over government’s lion skeleton export policy

The killing of more than 50 lions on a Free State farm last week has conservationists in an uproar over the…

19 Lions Shot in South Africa Last Week. Over 80 Face Same Fate for Lion Bone Trade

Nineteen lions were allegedly shot last week in South Africa, and another 80 could soon be killed in the Free State….

Cash Before Conservation – The Commoditisation of our Lions

With a legal export quota set by the DEA of 800 lion skeletons from our captive bred lion population, there is…

Lion bone trade: New report reveals South African government’s role

A new report has highlighted the South African government’s role in the bloody, commercial lion body part trade. Released by international wildlife…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Major tech companies form coalition to fight online wildlife trafficking

Cape Town – On Wednesday it was announced that major companies like Facebook, Google, Instagram and eBay have formed a Global…

REVEALED: Bizarre lion behaviour in hunting video red flags SA’s captive-bred hunting industry

Cape Town – World Wildlife Day was celebrated on 3 March under the theme ‘Big Cats: Predators under threat’. One would think that…

World Wildlife Day: 5 Ways to celebrate our Big Cats on 3 March

Cape Town – World Wildlife Day (WWD) has been around since 2013 when it was first proclaimed by the Convention on…

Birth of four wild lion cubs in KZN makes 50-year history

SOMKHANDA community game reserve has welcomed four new cubs born at the reserve in over 50 years. This after three lions,…

SA captive lion hunters isolated and under fire

South Africa’s notorious captive-bred lion hunting industry was dealt a serious and embarrassing blow “when American hunting colossus, Safari Club International (SCI)…

Time SA put lions bred for bullet in conservation sights

THE GLOBAL EYE WORLD opinion is so firmly stacked against South Africa’s policy of allowing the hunting of captive bred lions…

A lion policy SA can’t defend

World opinion is so firmly stacked against South Africa’s policy of allowing the hunting of captive-bred lions that even the world’s…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: SAA in hot water for ‘promoting animal interactions’

Cape Town – Wildlife petting and animal interactions in South Africa are a hot topic right now – the latest chink…

Croatian Hunter Shot Dead On ‘Canned Lion’ Farm in South Africa

A 75-year-old trophy hunter from Croatia has been killed by a stray bullet whilst taking part in a hunt on an…

Holding lions, conservation and Brand South Africa captive

Earlier this year, officials in the state of Florida, USA introduced legislation to ban the captive breeding of orcas as well…

UPDATE: All wildlife interactions stopped by tourism heavyweights

All wildlife interactions, including walking-with-lions and cheetahs petting, at Protea Hotel by Marriott Polokwane Ranch Resort has been stopped completely following…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Lion cub petting industry lies you need to stop believing

Cape Town – The prospect of playing with lions is easy to sell to foreign tourists who visit South Africa and…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: American trophy hunters condemn South African canned lion hunting

Cape Town – The Dallas Safari Club, one of the largest trophy hunting organisations has come out strongly against captive-bred lion…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Major SA hotel group continues to promote lion walks

Cape Town – Human-wildlife interactions with iconic big cats including lions, cheetahs and their cubs are being promoted via the Ranch…

From stony silence to anger – the response to online critical voices

I have been asked on numerous occasions why we make our #HandsOffOurWildlife campaign so public. Why don’t we communicate with these people…

Don’t do that #WildlifeSelfie for the gram! Instagram adds new protection alert

Cape Town – Instagram wants to protect wildlife and nature from exploitation. The insanely popular photo-sharing app, that has more than…

Op-Ed: Hunters and predator breeders take aim at Star journalist

The South African Predator Association (SAPA) – whose members breed for hunting, among other creatures, what it terms “managed ranch lions”…

Canned lion hunting uproar

CANNED hunting is fake hunting for people who choose their victim online, pay a lot of money to execute it…

Blood Lions® partners with Different.org to launch national awareness campaign

Different.org is a crowdfunding philanthropy platform that helps leverage funding for worthy causes across South Africa. Blood Lions® and WILDLANDS are…

Canned lion hunting is ‘damaging brand South Africa’

This article was written by Shannon Ebrahim and published in The Star and online by IOL.co.za on 13 October, 2017 Anyone…

INTERACTIVE TOURISM AND VOLUNTOURISM: DOES THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY?

INTERACTIVE TOURISM AND VOLUNTOURISM: DOES THE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INDUSTRY HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY? It seems to be becoming more and…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Pressure mounts to ban wild animal interactions in SA

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Pressure mounts to ban wild animal interactions in SA Cape Town – The walls are closing in on animal interaction…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: SA tourism industry urged to commit to help curb ‘exploitative wildlife practices’

#ShockWildlifeTruths: SA tourism industry urged to commit to help curb ‘exploitative wildlife practices’ Cape Town – South Africa is going to…

#WorldLionDay: Awareness needed to double endangered lion numbers by 2050

#WorldLionDay: Awareness needed to double endangered lion numbers by 2050 Cape Town – August 10 is World Lion Day, and as…

Escape Nature: Three lions are exploring their new home in KZN

ESCAPE NATURE As you read this, three lions are exploring their new home in KZN. Here’s why this is great news…

#ShockWildlifeTruth: Cecil the Lion’s cub Xanda killed by trophy hunter in Zimbabwe

Cape Town – On 1 July 2015, Cecil the Lion was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, resulting in the professional…

Durban International Film Festival kicks off: The low down

This article was written by Ishani Chetty and published online by Traveller24 on 15 July, 2017 The Durban International Film Festival is back…

THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF LEGALISING THE LION BONE TRADE

The recent announcement by the Department of Environmental Affiars (DEA) to set the export quota of lion skeletons for Asia to…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Will SA’s estimated 7 000 canned lions all end up this way?

Cape Town – The issue of canned lion hunting has never received as much attention than before the death of Cecil…

Lion bone export quota in SA ‘a done deal’

Johannesburg – The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is poised to officially announce a government-approved annual export quota of 800 lion…

From a king to a commodity

IT must have been a dead easy kill. Two former Colombian circus lions — one with brain damage — which, even…

Huge split among prof hunters over canned lions

Whilst a palace revolution is taking place in the industry and a huge split within the ranks of its membership, President…

Hunting Association’s president resigns over ‘captive lion hunting’

Johannesburg- Reeling under a massive backlash from supporters of the captive lion hunting industry and a huge split within the ranks…

Fair Trade and anti-animal interaction sentiments gaining traction in SA

Cape Town – Animal interaction is on a slippery slope to the end, digging its own hole as more and more…

Kapoet kussingvoet

Kapoet kussingvoet Uit soos ‘n kers … Die leeumannetjie is verlede week van die private wildreservaat AndBeyond Phinda in KwaZuluNatal na…

Reserve takes pride in new lions

THREE lions are scheduled to start life in a new home today in the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve, near Mkuze, in…

A pride of Lion we can be proud of

TOMORROW will see a pride of wild lions introduced to the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in northern KwaZuluNatal. The pride of…

Phinda lions released in Somkhanda Game Reserve massive boost for lion conservation

Cape Town – This week will see a pride of wild lions introduced into the Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal….

‘Blood Lions’ wins two major awards

Local supporters of the global Blood Lions campaign, which endeavours to end canned hunting and all exploitative tourism activities using predators,…

Counting the caged animal incidents for 2017… what are we waiting for?

Cape Town – The saying goes “it gets worse before it gets better”, and we’re hoping it’s the case with wild…

Leeuplaas mag appelleer teen vorige beslissing

Die hofgeveg om die naam van die Zanchieta Wild Cat Farm buite Bloemfontein in ere te herstel nadat hy deur die…

Fliek mislei oor geblikte leeus

‘n Private reservaat naby Bloemfontein wat in die dokumentere rolprent Blood Lions met die teel van “geblikte leeus” verbind word, het…

ExploreGreen YouthForLions launches hard-hitting #AprilAwareness drive to end cub petting

Cape Town – As the Easter long weekend approaches, the internationally acclaimed animal conservation-activist group Blood Lions has launched a hard-hitting campaign to…

Last week, big cat petting facilities were once again in the news for all the wrong reasons, with a cheetah attacking a teen from New Zealand at Emdoneni Safari Park in KZN.

In that same week, Brent Lindeque contacted me and shared his story. He recently visited a lion facility with overseas friends,…

Boy dies as trio of cheetah attacks surface

This unfortunate case, follows an incident in which a New Zealand father managed to save his teen son after the youngster…

Cheetah attacks cause uproar over ‘petting’

South Africa has been rocked by several incidences of cheetah attacks over the past week, leading to an outcry for an…

Cheetah attacks NZ boy in South Africa

A Christchurch father took on a cheetah as it mauled his teenage son during a holiday in South Africa. Isaac Driver,…

YouthForLions screens Blood Lions at Weston

Weston Agricultural College recently hosted YouthForLions for a screening of the award winning South African documentary, Blood Lions™. The film sheds…

Don’t do what I did… Travel Responsibly

One of the easiest things to do is to throw a blind eye to all the go-green initiatives, animal rights’ petitions…

2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards longlist revealed

The competition for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards has moved into the second round, with over 30 tourism organisations competing…

Rotary Youth Camp for Grade 10 and 11 learners

The Rotary Club of Parys will be hosting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp at Life Adventures outside Parys from…

SA lions to be used as ingredient in fake tiger wine

There is something extremely bizarre about drinking a lion. But maybe in this world of post-truth it’s a new normal. After…

Lion cub petting: to ban or regulate?

The formulation of a Captive Carnivores Working Group has seen a handful of interested parties collaborate in order to plot the…

ExploreGreen Captive Carnivores Working Group established to phase out cub petting in SA

Cape Town – Responding to recent talks that lion and other wild cub petting should be regulated in South Africa, the…

Permission to drink a lion

There is something extremely bizarre about drinking a lion. But maybe in this world of post-truth it’s a new normal. After…

Lion bones: SA public has no time to contest sale

South Africa is about to permit the export of lion bones to produce fake tiger wine but has given the public…

Mission to end canned lion hunting

Durban – An NGO, Youth for Lions, is on a mission to save the felines from canned hunting. It is creating…

Export of lion skeletons will be permitted for fake tiger wine

In a move clearly supporting the canned lion hunting industry, the South African Government plans to permit the annual export of…

SA’s plan to export 800 lion skeletons ‘misguided and shameful’

Cape Town – In a move clearly supporting the canned lion hunting industry, the South African Government plans to permit the…

ExploreGreen #ShockWildlifeTruths: Call to stop legal exporting of 800 captive bred lion skeletons

Cape Town – Despite a global move to end the trade in lion bones and parts – for both captive and…

Lion skeletons – 800 to be exported annually

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (19 January 2017)—A decision to allow export of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons from South Africa is coming…

Travel the RIGHT way with the Compass Ethical Travel and Volunteering Conference

Free conference set to empower and educate those looking to make ethical choices abroad Location: thestudio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2…

OR Tambo International Airport has announced it will remove lion cub petting images from the walls of its international arrivals corridor.

These posters, promoting the petting of lions in South Africa, have been up for more than a year and, according to…

Open letter to Mr Sisa Ntshoana, Ceo SA Tourism

Dear Sisa Ntshona, I would like to start by extending my belated congratulations on your appointment as CEO of South African…

New SA Tourism CEO hopes to ‘eradicate’ cub petting and animal interaction

Cape Town – The newly appointed CEO for South Africa Tourism, Sisa Ntshona has taken a bold stance against tourism products…

PHASA to defend captive-bred lion resolution

The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) is to defend its position on captive-bred lion hunting and breeding in the…

Blood Lions named Best Documentary at oldest global environmental film festival

Cape Town – The highly controversial canned lion documentary Blood Lions has been named the ‘Best Documentary feature film’ at the…

New Blood Lions & Wild Dogs at SA World heritage Site

A coalition of three male lions was collared and released from their holding boma into the uMkhuze section of the South…

Bank cans cash for predator breeding sector

WHILE disappointed with Nebank’s decision to stop “financing any activity constituting captive breeding of mammalian predator species for hunting or the…

Wildlife lovers react to the death of Jericho – Cecil’s best friend

Cape Town – The other half of one of Africa’s most special friendships has died. Jericho the lion, documented as one…

Major SA bank refuses to fund any canned hunting programmes

Cape Town – Nedbank, one of South Africa’s leading commercial banks, has announced that they will no longer “finance any activity constituting…

Captive bred lion trophies banned from being imported to the US

While the practice of so-called “canned hunting” can still go ahead, trophies from these kills can no longer be imported into…

Bank says no finance to captive lion trade

OPERATORS of canned lion hunts and traders in exotic pets should not expect any financial assistance from Nedbank. It was revealed…

Lion cubs from South African breeding facility shipped to Australian zoo

Ukutula, an industrial-sized predator facility outside Johannesburg, South Africa, has been in the firing line from conservationists and animal activists for…

US bans import of captive bred lion trophies

The US Fish and Wildlife Services have effectively ruled that Captive-bred lions serve no conservation purpose by banning any imports of captive bred…

US imposes canned lion trophies ban

They just want another cheque, say critics THE US will no longer allow lion trophies to be imported from captive lion…

US set to ban lion trophies from SA

THE US will no longer allow lion trophies to be imported from captive lion populations in South Africa, describing this as…

SA’s muthi markets: The sad ‘dereliction of duty’

Cape Town – South Africa is one of the world’s most iconic wildlife destinations, recently hosting the vitally important CITES 17th…

Tripadvisor kills bookings for activities featuring endangered animals

One of the world’s largest travel websites, TripAdvisor, announced on Tuesday that they, alongside Viator, will no longer sell tickets to attractions…

Prince Buthlelezi joins canned lion fight

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, supported by Four Paws International, delivered 545 130 petitions from around the world to the Minister of Environmental…

Demand for lions’ bones a poisonous affair

THE ongoing Asian demand for lion bones has led to an horrific wildlife poisoning in the Limpopo National Park, just over…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Mass poisoning in Limpopo National Park

Johannesburg –  The ongoing Asian demand for lion bones has led to an horrific wildlife poisoning in the Limpopo National Park,…

Moetiemark in Jhb skok Cites groep

Erg bedreigde diere se liggaamsdele te koop Die ietermagogskubbe en die die velle, bene en tande van leeus en luiperds wat…

Wildboere brul van plesier oor leeubene

Omgewingsaktiviste brul van woede en wildboere brul van plesier oor die afgelope week se besluit wat die uitvoer van leeubene toelaat….

Koning van oerwoud nou ‘n ‘sak waardelose bene’

Die koning van die oerwoud is Sondagaand op die COP17beraad in Sandton tot ‘n “sak waardelose bene” gereduseer. So het die…

EXCLUSIVE: WATCH: Joburg market sells illegal wildlife products just down the road from CITES CoP17

Cape Town – This 5-minute raw footage taken at the Faraday Muthi market, in Selby, Johannesburg shows skins and animal parts…

‘Verligting’ oor geblikte leeus

Die geblikte leeubedryf in SuidAfrika mag voortgaan. Edna Molewa, minister van omgewingsake, het Dinsdagmiddag op die laaste mediakonferensie van Cites se…

Dele van geblikte leeus mag uitgevoer word

Die koning van die oerwoud is eergisteraand op die COP17beraad in Sandton tot ‘n “sak waardelose bene” gereduseer. So het die…

The captive lion industry: A sustainability scam?

Cape Town – The notion of ‘sustainability’ has become the most overused and consequently meaningless phrase within conservation and wildlife circles….

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Lions fail to get uplisted at CITES CoP17

Cape Town – CITES CoP17 has dealt what is believed to be a devastating blow to African lions, critically endangered with…

Shock that Lions May NOT Be Listed as an Appendix 1 Endangered Species

Late Friday night (30th October), lion conservationists were left feeling angry and frustrated at the fate of the once mighty and…

Shock as CITES Approves Trade in Lion Bone of South Africa’s Captive Lions

Conservationists have reacted with shock, outrage and bitter disappointment as it was announced in South Africa on Sunday evening that the…

D-dag vir geblikte jag

‘Dit is net daar om hebsug te bevredig’ Die vonke het die naweek by COP17 gespat oor die toekoms van leeus…

Skok oor video van blikleeujag in SA

‘n Video van Amerikaanse jagters wat halfmak leeus op ‘n plaas in Noordwes op ‘n kort afstand skiet, het gister op…

VOLUNTOURISM: ARE YOU REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE?

Imagine you live in the UK. You’ve just finished your studies, and are eager to have your first adult adventure –…

Cites #Cop17’S Urgent Wildlife Challenges

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) is currently taking place in Johannesburg, September 24 to…

Marchers sent message that cannot be ignored

On Saturday supporters of the GMFER were urging the 183 Parties signatory to the CITES treaty to vote for the strictest…

LONG LIVE THE KING

Plight of lions, particularly rare white lions, is in the spotlight at the CITES meeting this week CLEOPATRA was very keen…

SA’s canned lion hunting under fire at international conference

The abominable South African practice of canned lion hunting has come under severe attack at the International Union for Conservation of…

Fate of white lions to be decided at CITES CoP17

The lions are once again kings of Timbavati in Limpopo. But their numbers in the wild remain small. CITES CoP17 is…

SA told to end canned lion hunting

A motion to terminate the hunting and breeding of captive lions and other predators in South Africa has been approved by…

Canned lion hunting legislation under review

A motion to enact legislative changes to canned lion hunting practices in South Africa has been approved at the International Union…

‘Can canned lion hunting’

THE number of lions hunted in captivity may have dropped by about 70% in the past year but more than 6…

Home at last

It was an emotional day. No-one had slept in 48 hours. The lions’ journey had started days before, in far-off Bucaramanga…

Roar against canned lion hunting gets louder

SOUTH Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has announced another small victory in the fight against canned lion hunting. Canned hunting is…

Tydskrif in visier oor leeus

Hello Joburg, ‘n tydskrif wat Johannesburg en omstreke bemark, is in die visier oor sy voorbladartikel vir September waarin hy die…

Con or conservation: 6 Critical questions to ask about wildlife sanctuaries

This is an excerpt from an article written and published online by Traveller24 on 29 August, 2016. Cape Town – The…

The brutal exploitation of lions

ALLOW me to exercise one of my goldplated constitutional freedoms, the one to disagree with popular opinions. Are we sitting.comfortably? No…

Lion Park resumes controversial cub interaction

The park has defended the temporary reintroduction of cub petting at its new premises, stating that the survival of their business…

Joburg Lion Park: We want to ban petting but we need the money

Cape Town – It’s a case of, ‘we can’t beat them so we’ll join them until it all gets bannedfollowing the…

Lion & Safari Park offers cub petting again

This is an excerpt from an article posted on the Captured in Africa Foundation Facebook page on 15 August 2016 In…

Joburg’s controversial Lion Park backtracks on canning cub petting

This is an excerpt from an article written by Selene Brophy and published online by Traveller24 on 16 August, 2016 Cape…

UPDATE: Lion Park comment on petting issue

LANSERIA – The Lion and Safari Park in Lanseria is still allowing visitors to pet lion cubs at their reserve, despite…

Lion Park reintroduces controversial cub petting

JOHANNESBURG – The Lion Park in Lanseria, north of Johannesburg, has gone back on a decision to stop cub petting and…

PICS: Lion cub in the club? Baby animals are not toys!

Cape Town – The world has just celebrated World Lion Day on 11 August 2016 – but now this incident has surfaced. Concerned…

World Lion Day – We Should Be Scared Shitless

Today is World Lion Day. And on this day people from all over the world celebrate the mighty creature by creating…

#WorldLionDay: Imagine a world without lions?!

Cape Town – Today is World Lion Day. Admittedly, South Africa has 99 problem and then some – with the extinction…

Breaking news: Wild leopards captured for hunting on Walter Slippers’ farm

This is an excerpt from a post on the Blood Lions Facebook page dated 05 August, 2016 An ex-volunteer has come…

“BLOOD LIONS” FILM SECURES LOCAL AND GLOBAL DISRIBUTION

The producers of the feature film BLOOD LIONS, Wildlands and Regulus Vision, are pleased to announce that they have secured both…

Blood Lions’, exposing dark underbelly of canned hunting to screen in Sydney

Documentary feature film “Blood Lions”, which exposes the ugly story of South Africa’s captive breeding and canned hunting industries, will be…

“BLOOD LIONS” hits television screens in AMERICA

On 7th October, MSNBC will present the American television premiere of “Blood Lions,” a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the…

Wildlife anti-abuse drive galvanised

GROWING numbers of tour-ism operators, including Tourvest and Thompsons, are throwing their weight behind a Born to Live Wild campaign that…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: SA’s 2 000 wild lions vs its 7 000 canned lions – who is more at risk?

Cape Town – The issue of canned lion hunting has never received as much attention than before the death of Cecil…

SA’s predator breeding industry out of control

Revelations this week of wild animal abuse at a Limpopo lion breeding and hunting facility show that the predator breeding industry…

Geblikte leeujag se dae is amper getel. Suid Afrika

Die geblikte leeujag- en teelbedryf in Suid-Afrika, waarby nagenoeg 8 000 leeus betrokke is, moet oor minder as vier jaar finaal…

Koning van die oerwoud het ‘n plaasdier geword

Bewaringsorganisasies waarsku die regering al byna 20 jaar lank dat hy ‘n ramp op hande gaan he omdat hy toelaat dat…

‘Maak 8 000 halfmak leeus van kant’

Suid-Afrika moet die “geblik-te”-leeubedryf teen 2020 finaal sluit en die sowat 8 000 half-mak leeus wat daarby betrok-ke is, van kant…

Geblik, voos, honger

8 t hoenders geskenk om 100 leeus te red Skokfoto’s van uitgeteerde “geblikte” leeus op ‘n plaas in Limpopo dui moontlik…

Photos emerge of malnourished lions on breeding farm

Over the past week, horrific photos have emerged over social media of malnourished lions on a breeding farm in Alldays in Limpopo Province. These…

Cecil the Lion Died One Year Ago—Here’s What’s Happened Since

Cecil’s killing sparked what’s been called the biggest global response to a wildlife story ever. A year ago this week Cecil…

Cecil the Lion: One year on, taking stock of trophy hunting in Africa

One year ago, on 1 July 2015, Cecil the Lion was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe. The circumstances…

How to lose friends, alienate people and care for the environment

On the 8th of June we celebrated World Oceans Day, an annual observation to honour our oceans, create awareness and appreciate…

Fair Trade Volunteering Criteria Launched

Fair Trade Tourism has finalised an extensive review of criteria for tourism businesses with volunteer offerings, which are effective from June…

Don’t Pet Cubs – Ban Cub Petting

Let’s put an end to cub petting and canned hunting! A canned hunt is a trophy hunt in which an animal…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Captive bred lions will forever be victims of the hunting industry

ShockWildlifeTruths: Captive bred lions will forever be victims of the hunting industry Cape Town – South African has had over two…

Geblikte jag taboe

Geblikte leeujag en leeuplase skend Suid-Afrika se naam in die buiteland. Daarom het Derek Hanekom die Suid-Afrikaanse Toerisme-agentskap (SA Toerisme) opdrag…

Born to Live Wild pledge gets global tour operator support

Cape Town – Canned hunting and exploitation of captive lions has gained unparalleled support and awareness through Blood Lions documentary –…

Blood Lions Born to Live Wild. A PLEDGE for our Wildlife.

Blood Lions has brought the horrors of predator breeding, canned hunting and a variety of other exploitative activities using lions and…

FAIR TRADE TOURISM REVISED VOLUNTEERING CRITERIA LAUNCHED WITH FOCUS ON WILDLIFE INTERACTIONS AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Fair Trade Tourism has finalised an extensive review of criteria for tourism businesses with volunteer offerings, which are effective from June…

Blood Lions wins prestigious international award and acknowledgement

THE Blood Lions campaign continues to go from strength to strength both locally and abroad. And in recognition of this, the…

Travel companies call for an end to activities that exploit lions

Many leading ecotourism and safari companies, including Africa Geographic, came together during the Conservation Lab at Spier Wine Estate to call for an end to…

IFP: Narend Singh: Address by Inkatha Freedom Party MP, on the Environmental Affairs Budget Vote debate, National Assembly (03/05/2016)

Thank you Honourable Chairperson and Minister. Let me say at the outset as the IFP, we support this budget vote. Environment,…

Breeding, exploitation of predators has no place at all in ethical tourism

AFTER the international outrage at the cynical killing of Cecil the Lion last year, and the unethical practices exposed in the…

NEWS: Tourism leaders join the campaign against predator breeding and all exploitative wildlife activities

The recently released feature documentary Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org) has brought the horrors of predator breeding, canned hunting and a variety of…

Blood Lions wins award for shining light on animal cruelty

As commented on their website: ‘The HSUS honours individuals in the news and entertainment media for creating outstanding works that raise…

Huge cull for cash or conservation?

Despite claiming to exist for the greater ecological good, Bubye’s primary point is trophy hunting RECENT reports say one of Zimbabwe’s…

Farming lions in the name of sport

Canned hunting has become a highly contested and debated subject not only in South Africa but worldwide. It is defined as…

Hunting film pokes a sleeping lion

Discovery Channel buys local documentary about canned lion hunting The anxiously awaited screening of the expose Blood Lions — Bred for…

IFP: Liezl van der Merwe: Address by IFP MP and Party Whip, on 2016 Global March Canned Lion Hunting, message of support from Mangosuthu Buthelezi and patrons of the Wildlands Conservation Trust, Cape Town

I stand in support of the Global March Against Canned Lion Hunting knowing that is up to us to secure the…

Miley Cyrus mauled by cat

Singer Miley Cyrus is nursing her wounds after she was injured by a vicious cat. The 23-year-old animal lover’s pet turned…

SA joins global march against Canned Lion Hunting

Cape Town – On Saturday 2nd April a small group of people met in Cape Town and marched down Adderley Street, up…

Lion culling: A paradox of banning trophy hunting?

Recent reports say that one of Zimbabwe’s largest private wildlife areas, Bubye Valley Conservancy, is suffering from an overpopulation of lions….

TROPHY HUNTING ITS A QUESTION OF MORALITY

Hunting, especially trophy hunting, is a topic guaranteed to get a lot of people hot under the collar very quickly, with…

Canned lion hunting industry under fire again

A new international outcry at the treatment of Africa’s lions is about to hit just weeks after the furor over the killing…

Be kind to the animals

The picture of a baboon and her baby in my kitchen pressed a button (“Baboon visit cooks up a storm in…

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! host Dr Chris Brown and contestant Shane Warne slammed for ‘endorsing’ lion hunting by handling cubs on screen

An animal charity has slammed reality television program I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! for ‘promoting canned hunting’ by handling…

NSPCA ‘aware’ of FS predator breeding facility horror

This is an excerpt from an article written by Selene Brophy and published online by Traveller24 on 14 March, 2016 Cape…

Wildlife donations probe

The provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on rural, environmental and agricultural development has said it wants answers on how politically connected individuals…

#ShockWildlifeTruths: UK volunteer reveals state of SA predator breeding farm

Cape Town – We’ve all known for a long time that the voluntourism industry has a dark side to it and…

Blood Lions

The hard-hitting expose, Blood Lions — Bred for the bullet, will be screened at the Masque Theatre at the end of…

Animal Interactions or Abuse?

Animal interactions seem like a fun thing to do while lending a hand to conservation, but there’s a dark side to…

Blood Lions DVD released in South Africa

Thanks to an extraordinary partnership with Indigenous Film Distribution, the dynamic team that brought you the groundbreaking feature documentary called Blood Lions…

WATCH: 61 canned lions sold at auction, seen living under ‘dubious’ conditions

Cape Town – When US Fish & Wildlife Service announced that as of January 22, 2016, all American trophy hunters would have to…

#BloodLions to shine canned hunting spotlight at ITB Berlin

Cape Town –  Major international tourism trade fair ITB Berlin has asked for the ground-breaking film Blood Lions to be shown…

Predator breeders under fire for lack of reform

THE CAPTIVE-BRED lion industry in South Africa is one of the greatest conservation success stories in recent decades as predator breeders…

Conservation threats in South Africa highlighted at Probus

The threats conservation is facing in South Africa was highlighted in a thought provoking talk titled“Threats to Wildlife Conservation in South…

NEWS: Official statement by African Lion Working Group (ALWG) on canned hunting and captive breeding

It is the opinion of the African Lion Working Group (ALWG) that captive-bred lion hunting, which is defined by ALWG as…

Want to see ‘Blood Lions’? Here’s how…

There has been a lot of buzz about the canned hunting documentary Blood Lions, however many people have been unable see…

PRESS RELEASE: Blood Lions™ DVD released in South Africa

Thanks to an extraordinary partnership with Indigenous Film Distribution, the dynamic team that brought you a ground breaking feature documentary called…

BLOOD LIONS™ at the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show

From the 9th to the 13th of March ITB (Internationale Tourismus – Bȍrse Berlin) will be celebrating 50 years of being…

ShockWildlifeTruths: Hunters Bagged 10 000 Lions in Africa Since 2003

Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest…

Money talks

Despite growing public opposition to canned lion hunting, the lucrative industry remains legal in South Africa A RECENT high court challenge…

Conservation couple holds southern African name high on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Cape Town – Dedicated wildlife conservationists and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert were recently hosted by TV host Ellen DeGeneres…

Hunters lash out at captivebred hunting

THE PROFESSIONAL Hunter’s Association of South Africa (PHASA) has lashed out at the South African Predator Association (Sapa) for “refusing to…

Lion hunting ban sparks clash

JOHANNESBURG: The Professional Hunters’ Association of SA (Phasa) has lashed out at the SA Predator Association (Sapa) for “refusing to join”…

New regulations against hunting canned lions

DURBAN: In the face of renewed criticism of canned lion hunting, the Professional Hunters Association has vowed to expel any members…

Geblikteleeujag gaan voort, al is talle daarteen

Geblikteleeujag sal vanjaar voortgaan, al het die Professionele Jagtersvereniging van Suid-Afrika (Phasa) sy rug op dié bedryf gedraai. Prof. Pieter Potgieter,…

Media statement: South African Predators Association Jan 2016

RANCH LION HUNTING IN SOUTH AFRICA The hunting of ranch lions in South Africa is open and will continue as usual…

Blood lions – turning the tide

THE documentary film Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet is making an extraordinary impact around the world. Even the European parliament…

Trophy Hunting – ultimately a question of morality

In the preamble to an article posted on Untold Africa towards the end of 2015, I wrote: “Hunting, especially trophy hunting,…

Screening of Blood Lions on 21 Jan

The 84 minute documentary, Blood Lions, focussing on the multi-million dollar canned lion hunting industry in South Africa, is causing an…

SA’s canned lion hunts could soon come to an end

WASHINGTON: They call it canned hunting. South African farmers breed lions in captivity from cubs to adults, then release them just…

Canned lion hunting gets thumbs down

In the face of renewed criticism of canned lion hunting, the Professional Hunters Association has vowed to expel any members found…

Stropers vergiftig twee leeus

Telers se VSA se nuwe reels gaan stropery net aanmoedig Die nag van 22 Desember het stropers by die Aloe Ridge-wildplaas…

Conservation group declares 2016 the year of the lion

A FOUNDATION with close links to an Eastern Cape reserve has declared 2016 the year of the lion. To celebrate the…

2016 declared ‘The Year of the Lion’

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous lion-celebrating film‚ ‘Born Free’‚ and a foundation linked to the movie has…

Kul jou bier kul jou daar jou land is kaal

As ‘n mens terugkyk op die jaar wat verby is, was daar gebeure wat in die natuurlike omgewing plaasgevind het wat…

Follow in footsteps of global powers by viewing this chilling docufilm at The White House

PLETT has among its many talented citizens Ian Michler, special consultant and lead character in the full-length documentary Blood Lions. Launched…

Kul jou bier kul jou daar jou land is kaal

As ‘n mens terugkyk op die jaar wat verby is, was daar gebeure wat in die natuurlike omgewing plaasgevind het wat…

The turning tide: Blood Lions v lion breeding and canned hunting

The documentary film Blood Lions: Bred for the Bullet is making an extraordinary impact around the world. Even the European Parliament is sitting…

Boodskap van SAJWV President – Desember 2015

Geagte mede-jagters Die einde van 2015 is in sig en as mens terugkyk was dit ‘n uitdagende jaar vir Suid-Afrika. Vir…

Lifting the ban on rhino horn trade is no victory for rhino owners

Canned hunting is unethical. The practice has not reduced hunting pressure on wild lions. The marketing of breeding facilities and hunting…

Geblikte jag dalk hokgeslaan\; Leeubedryf wil sy huis in orde kry

Die leeujagbedryf het vanjaar wêreldwyd opskrifte gehaal ná die Amerikaner, Walter James Palmer, tot groot omstredenheid Cecil die Leeu in Zimbabwe…

Michaela Strachan on how a hunter threatened to kill her partner

Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan has discussed how her partner, Nick Chevalier, faced terrifying death threats while investigating the cruel trophy hunting…

We applaud France

SIR – In a game-changing decision, the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has banned the import of African…

Leeubedryf wil sy huis in orde kry

Die leeujagbedryf het vanjaar wêreldwyd opskrifte gehaal ná die Amerikaner, Walter James Palmer, tot groot omstredenheid Cecil die Leeu in Zimbabwe…

Phasa distances itself from captive-bred lion hunting

The majority of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (Phasa) members have voted to distance the association from captive-bred lion…

Trophy hunting stronghold on Africa’s wildlife seeping across to SA

The world’s wealthiest hunting organization, Safari Club International (SCI) and professional hunting groups, met behind closed doors with the South African…

Hunters hold African wildlife to ransom

Cape Town – The worlds  wealthiest hunting organisation, Safari Club International (SCI) and  professional hunting groups, met behind closed doors with…

SA HUNTERS DISOWN CANNED HUNTS

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s trophy hunting industry said yesterday it “distanced” itself from hunts of half-tame lions in confined spaces, disowning…

Canned hunting move widely welcomed

ANIMAL activists and conservation organisations have declared “a victory for lions” after several groundbreaking decisions that could lead to the collapse…

SA’s trophy hunting industry disowns half-tame lion hunting

Johannesburg – South Africa’s trophy hunting industry said Thursday it “distanced” itself from hunts of half-tame lions in confined spaces, disowning…

Tide turns against canned-lion hunting

Animal activists and conservation bodies have declared “a victory for lions” following a number of ground-breaking decisions that could lead to…

Leeubedryf wil sy huis in orde kry

Die leeujagbedryf het vanjaar wereldwyf opskrifte gehaal na die Amerikaner, Walter James Palmer, te midde van groot omstredenheid, Cecil die leeu…

The end of canned lion hunting looks imminent

Breaking news has also come out of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) AGM. A motion has been passed that…

Lion industry wants to get its house in order

The lion-hunting industry made global headlines after the American Walter James Palmer shot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, causing great controversy….

Photo safaris trump trophy hunting

In July, the illegal killing of Zimbabwe’s iconic lion, Cecil, re-ignited the debate over the desirability of trophy hunting in Africa….

Empowers Africa Presents ‘Blood Lions™’ – Behind the Scenes.

The Explorers Club, New York, December 2, 6:00-8:30 p.m.   NEW YORK, N.Y.  (November 10, 2015) Non-profit foundation Empowers Africa is…

The Sad Saga of Cecil the Lion

There can be very few hunters around the world who have not heard about ‘Cecil the Lion,’ a collared animal from…

Jagberaad met VSA nou skielik oop vir media

JOHANNESBURG. – Die beraad van die departement van omgewingsake met trofeejagters is skielik nie meer geslote nie. Die departement het gister…

Polokwane: SA Government and US hunters in secret meeting on future of Africa’s wildlife

Hunters from the United States and South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are meeting behind closed doors at a resort…

Lions to the slaughter

The trophy-hunting industry is making many farmers rich – but the process of domesticating the king of the jungle is destroying…

Clarion calls for the wild

Ian McCallum has a diverse range of skills and talents – medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, wilderness guide, author and poet. Scott…

London Premiere of Blood Lions

The internationally acclaimed film Blood Lions™ – Bred for the Bullet, has partnered with the Born Free Foundation to bring you…

US Hunters and DEA Plan for Wildlife

American hunters and SA’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are meeting behind closed doors at a resort near Polokwane today to…

Blood Lions continues to reach every corner of the world

EDEN to Addo, Ian Michler, and the Blood Lions team thank the good people of Plettenberg Bay for coming out to…

33 lions rescued from hell circus return to SA

Cape Town – 33 rescued lions now await the flight to South Africa after a life of brutality in the circuses…

Blood Lions threatens to bring down lion breeding industry

A campaign around the new documentary film, Blood Lions, has gone global, threatening to bring down South Africa’s lucrative captive lion…

South Africa’s trophy hunters counter-attack after calls for ban

Waterberg, South Africa  – Something moves in the thicket. Hunter Stan Burger and his tracker approach quietly, set the rifle up…

Blood Lions roars into Hoedies

HOEDSPRUIT – International blockbuster Blood Lions roared into Hoedspruit on Tuesday night to a large and enthralled audience and will echo…

LEWENDE LEGENDES VAN DIE JAGVELD PIETER POTGIETER

Pieter Potgieter se veldervarings P en natuurlewebetrokkenheid is uniek in verskeie opsigte. Ek kan woorde gebruik om hom te beskryf soos…

Canned lion hunting exposed in film

WHITE RIVER – Lion-breeding centres and close-range hunting experiences that guarantee a successful lion hunt within two days of your arrival,…

Driven hunting in minister’s sights

ENVIRONMENTAL Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is considering laws to address the practice of “driven hunting” which drew outrage from South Africans…

The Power of Knowledge

Knowledge is power’ is a famous and often repeated quote, and for good reason. In this age of rapidly developing information…

Blood Lions at Maritzburg College

Lions bred for slaughter in South Africa is big business. Over 700 captive-bred, hand-reared lions were killed in the country last…

South Africas lion industry in need of a cleanup

The lion industry wants to get its house in order, according to Prof Melville Saayman, from the department of Tourism Research…

‘Blood Lions – Bred For the Bullet’ to Premiere on Discovery Channel

‘Blood Lions – Bred for the Bullet’, a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the canned lion hunting and predator breeding…

Dokumentêr skep slegte indruk oor leeubedryf

Die leeujagbedryf het vanj aar wéreldwyd opskrifte gehaal nadat ‘n Amerikaner tot groot omstredenheid vir Cecil die Leeu in Zimbabwe geskiet…

Doccie looks at lions bred for slaughter

MARITZBURG College in collaboration with Wildlands Conversation Trust and the film’s producers, brings you the local premiere screening of the internationally…

Lion industry studied

Cecil the lion and Blood Lions documentary brings issue of brutality to the fore THE SA Predator Breeding Association (Sapba) has…

The truth about canned hunting exposed in film

MBOMBELA – Animal lovers are urged to support the screening of Blood Lions, a documentary on canned-lion hunting, Monday night at…

Pitkos vir die groenes

Eers was dit Cecil en ” die rolprent Blood Lions, toe die voorsitjag by Alldays. En aan die spits van alles…

Lion industry wants to get its affairs in order

Potchefstroom – The South African Predator Breeding Association (SAPBA) has approached the North West University (NWU) to investigate the value of…

Banning lion hunting may not be the answer

The shooting of Cecil the lion and the documentary ‘Blood Lions’ have caused great controversy, but he South African Predator Breeding…

‘Dokumenter sleep SA leeujagbedryf se naam deur modder’

Die naam van die Suid-Afri- kaanse leeujagbedryf is deur die modder gesleep. Dit was die toedoen van die dokumentére rolprent Blood…

Saving the Leopard’s Skin

Thousands upon thousands of Shembe Church followers have always worn leopard fur. KwaZulu-Natal ecologist Tristan Dickerson convinces them to go fake…

Baby lion ‘roar’ goes viral

A video of an adorable lion cub attempting to roar has gone viral, as the tiny animal’s sounds delight viewers. The…

“BLOOD LIONS” HITS TELEVISION SCREENS IN AMERICA

On 7th October, MSNBC will present the American television premiere of “Blood Lions,” a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the…

Shady agriculture, hunter links exposed

The playgrounds of trigger-happy trophy hunters are far removed from the fertile fruit farms of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape….

Blood Lion not to be seen

Organisers halt screening of film due to controversy and the ‘truth’ of cub rearing Travel conference organisers have decided not to…

Controversy as Blood Lions documentary will not be screened to student volunteers

Travel conference organisers have decided not to screen a documentary that raises critical questions about key tourist attractions that their event promotes….

Blood lions hits television screens in America

On 7th October, MSNBC will present the American television premiere of Blood Lions, a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the…

‘BLOOD LIONS’ hits television screens in AMERICA

On 7th October, MSNBC will present the American television premiere of “Blood Lions,” a compelling documentary which takes audiences inside the…

Bred for the bullet

Today in Africa, there are approximately 32 000 lions. 11 000 of those are found in South Africa. That’s the good news….

Driven hunt organizer implicated in land deal irregularities

The playgrounds of trigger-happy trophy hunters are far removed from the fertile fruit farms of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape….

Travel conference shirks SA lion film

Travel conference organizers have decided not to screen a documentary that raises critical questions about key tourist attractions their event promotes…

FAIR TRADE TOURISM TO BEEF UP CERTIFICATION CRITERIA FOR VOLUNTEERISM SECTOR

Ahead of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) to be held in Cape Town next week, Fair Trade Tourism…

Tourists Hide Their Faces In Shame For What They’re About To Do

Nearly 100 animals were recently killed on a property in South Africa, shot dead in an activity so unseemly that even…

Five things to learn from ‘Blood Lions’

Acclaimed South African documentary Blood Lions has been making waves both at home and internationally. Along with attending a screening of…

Things to do in Stellenbosch

15 Sep 19:45 – 22:00 – Stellenbosch Pulp Cinema- Neelsie Plant the Seed Education is starting a film festival to engage…

Taylor Swift dedicates latest ‘Wildest Dreams’ music video to conservation in Africa

Cape Town – The profits of Taylor Swift’s latest music video will go to African conservation, the Hollywood superstar’s video states….

‘Mak’ jagluiperd is g’n troetel-cheetah

Talle jagluiperds word oor die land heen as toeristetrekpleister aangehou. Maar die getal aanvalle wat voorkom, wys hulle is minder mak…

Petted cheetahs are biting back

Keeping cheetahs as tourist attractions is widespread in South Africa. But, as a number of attacks have proved, they’re far less…

Viewpoint: Uncomfortable realities of big game hunting

Trophy hunting has been the subject of much media attention amid the backdrop of declining populations of big game animals in…

Additional Cape Town screenings for Blood lions film

The impact of the new documentary film Blood Lions on audiences is such that additional screenings have been arranged in Cape Town….

Blood Lions documentary goes International

The 1st of September will see the first screening of the controversial documentary, Blood Lions, overseas. The film will be screened…

Visitors fuel lion trade

Eco-Tourists pay to raise cubs for slaughter YOUNG eco-tourists from abroad are paying up to R50 000 to raise “orphaned” lion…

Lion farms pull wool over ecotourists’ eyes

Young ecotourists from abroad are paying up to R50,000 to raise “orphaned lion cubs” so they can be “rehabilitated into the…

Explosive Doc “Blood Lions” – Screening Dates (includes Australia)

Blood Lions, the explosive documentary that’s attracting a lot of attention since it premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in…

Dereck Joubert responds to a hunter on the economics of hunting

This article was written by Derek Joubert and was published online by Africa Geographic on 28 August, 2015 Based on one…

ANALYSIS: HUNTERS BAGGED 10,000 LIONS IN AFRICA SINCE 2003

Adam Cruise says that of six nations, SA ranks highest in terms of most lion trophies exported. Given that in Africa…

Blood Lions: 6 Harsh truths about canned lion hunting

Cape Town – Blood Lions has been shining a much-needed spotlight on the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa.The release…

10,000 trophies in 10 years – now there are less than 20,000 wild lions left

According to the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures there are less than 20,000 wild African lions…

BLOOD LIONS: LIFTING THE LID ON CANNED HUNTING

Since the atrocious killing of Cecil the lion, people around the world have been up in arms vying for justice. The death…

Raised in cages to be hunted as trophies like Cecil, and so used to humans that they think their killers are bringing them food – the haunting fate of South Africa’s ‘canned’ lions is exposed.

Fresh outcry expected over fate of greatest of Africa’s big cats as new movie is released about ‘canned hunting’ Blood Lions…

The industry that brings in R100m a year

Cape Town – South Africa has about 7 000 lions that have been bred in captivity to be shot in captivity…

Film blows the lid off canned hunting industry

The killing of Cecil the lion made world headlines – now, a new film hopes to blow the lid off the…

Is trophy hunting really sustainable?

Are trophy hunters protectors of biodiversity, as hunting associations and some conservationists claim, providing funds and a reason to protect wild…

‘Blood Lions’ belig die lot van leeus

Die doodmaak van Cecil die leeu van Zimbabwe in ‘n beweerde onwettige jagtog plaas Suid-Afri- ka se eie praktyk van kommersiéle…

‘Blood Lions’: 7 000 bred for canned hunting

South Africa has about 7 000 lions that have been bred in captivity to be shot in captivity – and it…

Flits: Leeubedryf oopgevlek

Hierdie week op Flits het uitvoerende vervaardiger Andrew Venter en vervaardiger Pippa Hankinson kom gesels oor die dokumentêre rolprent Blood Lions….

On International Lion’s Day, the Lowveld remembers Batian

With the shooting of Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion still fresh in the mind, the Lowveld also remember the killing of Batian…

Caged to highlight animal petting trade

Serial world record breaker, André van Zijl of Knysna, is determined that neither the elements nor isolation would rattle his cage…

Sad fate for captive lions

“There are some facts which I would also like to bring to the fore that have an impact on our beautiful…

Blood Lions – local director calls for change

Bruce Young, an old Rhodian and old Kingswoodian has directed “Blood Lions”, a documentary film which focuses on the multi-million dollar…

PMB schoolboy bitten by cheetah

A primary school pupil has reportedly been attacked by a cheetah at a game reserve in Pietermaritzburg. News of the attack…

Public outcry draws a bead on trophy hunting

The shooting of Cecil the lion and a new documentary have sparked a rethink on killing for sport and bragging rights….

Jagbedryf se versuime ‘steek SA in die skande’

Daar heers groot onmin onder beroepsjagters en ander bewaringskundiges oor wie nou eintlik verantwoordelik is vir die krisis wat tans in…

Pupil bitten by cheetah at game reserve

A primary school pupil has reportedly been attacked by a cheetah at a game reserve in Pietermaritzburg. News of the attack…

Blood Lions’: Conservationists infiltrate hunts of captive big cats in South Africa

A new documentary on ‘canned hunts’ shows that Cecil and other wild lions represent just a fraction of the animals Americans…

Blood Lions documentary raises concern on lion hunting

Debate is intensifying in South Africa over the practice of hunting captive-bred lions. Ian Michler, maker of a documentary film called…

South Africa debates hunting captive-bred lions

In the aftermath of the anger that followed the killing of Cecil, the lion from Zimbabwe, debate is intensifying in neighbouring…

Cecil the Lion: Lessons in misplaced outrage

The allegedly illegal hunt of a lion lured from the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe sparked international outrage and ruined the…

‘Blood lions’ sheds a harsh light on the canned hunting industry

Since the first public documentation in 2004, canned lion hunting has, in recent times, become more controversial and the film Blood…

Hunting captive-bred lions debate hots up

Cape Town – In the aftermath of the anger that followed the killing of Cecil, the lion from Zimbabwe, debate is…

Don’t be fooled, canned hunting will never save Africa’s lion

An adolescent lion lies listlessly in a cage, staring out from behind bars at a slew of eager, naive tourists. Just…

‘n Doodskoot vir jag?

Woede oor Cecil kan bedryf groot skade berokken Die woede oor die dood van die Zimbabwiese swartmaanhaarleeu Cecil, tesame met die…

SA doccie reveals the shocking truth behind lion breeding

Blood Lions, a new documentary film delivers a damning verdict on the rapidly growing South African industry that breeds, hunts and…

Press release – “BLOOD LIONS” film secures local and global distribution

The producers of the feature film Blood Lions, Wildlands and Regulus Vision, are pleased to announce that they have secured both…

Press Statements by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on measures to improve the conditions of hunting in the country

Following the illegal killing of an iconic lion, Cecil, outside the HwangeNational Park on Antoinette farm in Gwayi River Conservancy on…

Leeus se lot kwel

Duisende straks geteel vir jagters JOHANNESBURG. – Twee tot drie geblikte, halfmak leeus word elke dag in sogenaamde “trofee- jagte” in…

Blood Lions’ documentary confronts ‘lucrative’ SA trade threatening lions

Between 6 000 and 8 000 lions are being held in cages or confined areas, unrelated to conservation. That number will…

Opinion: Double blow to Southern Africa’s trophy hunting industry

In the past week Southern Africa’s lucrative trophy hunting industry received two devastating blows: the release of an explosive new documentary…

Arguments for and against trophy hunting in South Africa

This is an excerpt from an article published online by WildTrust The debate centered on trophy hunting and the conservation of…

Increasing awareness about canned lion hunting

The Blood Lions documentary crew recently hosted a media screening in Johannesburg. This film is part of a global campaign to…

UK volunteer speaks out: Cubs hired for parties and events – Ukutula

British wildlife volunteer, Keeton Hill, shares his experience and findings after his time at Ukutula farm, South Africa. In 2013 I volunteered…

Top European hunting organisation, Jensen Safaris, says I told you so…

In response to the recent PHASA statement, Jensen Safaris, voices their opinion on the canned hunting industry. How does this change…

Cecil’s killing a disgrace: IFP

Cape Town – The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Thursday condemned canned lion hunting and the killing of Zimbabwe’s most famous…

Cecil The Lion: Zim’S biggest news story since 2008 elections!

International appetite for the Cecil story is still high but many locals just don’t share the outrage. HARARE – It’s been…

Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons.

African countries that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy…

Mak SA leeus ‘stap na jagter’

Elise Tempelhoff Elise Tempelhoff Twee tot drie “geblikte”, halfmak leeus word elke dag in sogenaamde “trofeejagte” in Suid-Afrika doodgeskiet. Die leeus…

Lion uproar grows

The NSPCA has welcomed a decision by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (Phasa) to review its policy on canned…

Jagbedryf sidder na film oor leeus

Die Suid-Afrikaanse jagbedryf is opnuut deur die internasionale publiek veroordeel nadat ’n dokumentêre film die lelike kant daarvan blootgelê het. Volgens…

Lions bred for the bullet

Going undercover to make a documentary has its risks, especially regarding litigation and personal safety. But sometimes it’s worth the risk,…

Professionals Warned: Tide turns on ‘canned’ hunting

THE head of South Africa’s professional hunters’ association has warned that the survival of the country’s wildlife hunting industry could be…

Groundswell of global support for local lobbyist’s lion campaign

Sixteen years of research and lobbying against South Africa’s predator breeding and ‘canned’ lion hunting practices recently reached a climax for…

Hunting industry told to clean up its act after protected lion killed in shock ‘legal hunt’

Cape Town – An American hunter Walter Palmer, with a reported hunting felony history in the US, stands accused of illegally…

Lions bred for the bullet

The cat’s out of the bag with the screening of Blood Lions at the film festival GOING undercover to make a documentary has…

Iagvereniging kan bande verbreek met dié boere

Iagvereniging kan bande verbreek met dié boere Die Professionele Jagtersvereniging van Suid-Afrika (Phasa) gaan moontlik sy bande verbreek met boere wat…

Putting the ‘con’ in conservation

Even professional hunters join a swell of public opinion against predator-breeding Professional Hunters’ Association of SA (PHASA) president Hermann Meyeridricks has…

Pro hunters to reconsider lion policy

In an unprecedented move, the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has been told that its “position on lion hunting…

Zimbabwean authorities hunt Spaniard accused of killing Cecil the lion

European allegedly paid €50,000 for chance to kill tourist attraction, who was found headless after being shot with a bow and…

Professional hunters to reconsider lion hunting policy

More than 95% of the lions killed by trophy hunters in South Africa are not wild, but ‘produced’ specifically for the…

Canned lion hunting ‘no longer tenable’

Public opinion is against lion hunting, says the president of SA’s Hunters’ Association, and changes must be made for a more…

SA to rethink canned lion hunting policy

Johannesburg – The president of the Professional Hunters’ Association of SA has called for an urgent review of the body’s policy…

PHASA president calls for a review of lion hunting following his attendance at a Blood Lions screening

Pretoria, 24 July 2015 – Hermann Meyeridricks, president of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA), is asking the hunting…

New documentary lays bare SA’s canned hunting industry

The Born Free Foundation on Wednesday applauded the international premiere of the hard-hitting documentary‚ Blood Lions‚ which “blows the lid off…

Movie captures journey into canned hunting industry

Approximately 1,000 lions are being shot annually in what we call canned or captured hunts DURBAN – A South African documentary…

Canned lion hunting film opens

A hard-hitting documentary that explores the breeding of predators and canned lion hunting in South Africa was released at the 36th…

SA doccie reveals the shocking truth behind lion breeding

Durban – Blood Lions, a new documentary film delivers a damning verdict on the rapidly growing South African industry that breeds,…

Inside the Grim Lives of Africa’s Captive Lions

A new documentary exposes the dark side of a growing South African wildlife business Up to 7,000 lions are living behind…

Wild Cats Belong in the Wild: #AnimalRightsInTourism

I hadn’t planned to write a blog post today, and I don’t normally use my blog as a soap box. But…

The film Blood Lions lays bare the truth behind canned hunting

“A formal assessment of the South African trade in African Lion bones and other body parts is necessary and urgent says…

SAA Cargo lifts ban on hunting trophies

Cape Town – South African Airways Cargo division has issued a notice confirming it will once again be transporting selected hunting…

New documentary lays bare SA’s canned hunting industry

“The canned hunting industry is unnatural‚ unethical and unacceptable. It delivers compromised animal welfare and zero education. The Born Free Foundation on…

#AnimalRightsInTourism – Blood Lion and why you shouldn’t pet baby lions

#animalrightsintourism – This is the Official trailer for Blood Lions, a documentary that exposes the terrible truth behind the predator breeding…

South Africa’s ‘Blood Lions’, big cats bred for commercial slaughter

South Africa has upwards of 10 000 lions, but those number s conceal a classification system whereby breeders or farms class…

What is canned lion hunting? Activists, industry, government disagree

According to the Conservation Action Trust while government, industry and activists agree that canned lion hunting is wrong, they don’t agree…

Unsavoury practices in canned hunting industry prompt government concern

“Government and the industry insist that hunting of captive-bred lions represents the legitimate and sustainable use of a wildlife species which…

Tiger-trade crackdown boosts lion-bone sales

Conservationists stress the need to address Asia’s appetite for wildlife products. A crackdown on illegal tiger products in China has created…

Five lies you need to stop believing about the lion cub petting industry

The harsh truth is: when you’re cuddling a lion cub or bottle feeding one, you’re directly funding the canned lion industry,…

Blood Lions: The film that blows the brutal lid off the canned hunting industry

In South Africa there are some 10,000 lions and the numbers are increasing all the time. A conservation success some might…

I Fell For The Cub Petting Conservation Lie – Don’t Do The Same

In February 2015 I left the UK for the adventure of a lifetime – 2 weeks volunteering in South Africa with…

They should be roaming wild and free

Ian Michler of Invent Africa is one of the continent’s finest wildlife guides, as well as an outspoken conservationist who has…

New study throws light on South Africa’s Lion bone trade

South Africa, 16th July 2015—A new study finds there is little evidence that the Lion bone trade in South Africa is…

Because Lions Cannot Speak

Wildlife rehabilitation has become my life’s work, and my passion. I’ve worked on a variety of projects, and in many wildlife…

Support the Minister

Almost a decade has passed since the horrors of canned hunting were first exposed to the world. Brought to our attention…

Kill the Canned Hunting Industry (2002)

The canned hunting industry has again been in the news lately. For those readers who have not been following the debate,…

Op-Ed: Playing with Words While Captive Lions Die

In an article published in the Sunday Times a week ago [May 31], Edna Molewa, the minister of environmental affairs, admonishes…

Lion Slaughter a Disgrace to Hunting

Let’s put the lid on wild tales of canned hunting” (May 31) refers. How anyone can use the term “hunting” in…

Let’s put the lid on wild tales of canned hunting

Let’s put the lid on wild tales of canned hunting US hunter Melissa Bachman created a storm of outrage on social…

Animal Encounters: Are They Ethical?

This tears me apart. I am at an orphaned animal ‘rehab’ centre on a private reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. The teen serval…

Hunting: A Great Debate

Ian Michler’s diaries for March (‘Seeing the light’) and August (‘Dispelling misconceptions’) were very critical of the trophy hunting industry, calling…

Crunch Time for Lions

Lions are not the easiest of wild animals to count, at least not at the scale necessary to make important management…

Seeing the Light

Towards the end of last year the Botswana government announced that trophy hunting will no longer be allowed on any state…

Walking with Lions: Why There is No Role for Captive-Origin Lions Panthera Leo in Species Restoration

Is there a need for captive-origin lions in reintroduction? Since 1991 well-monitored efforts to restore lions to areas of the species’…